Conjure Up Some Fun on Wizarding Weekend July 21-24 

Something wonderful is coming to Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood this summer, and you won’t want to miss a magical moment of the fun!  

The Beverly/Morgan Park Wizarding Weekend will be held Thurs., July 21 through Sun., July 24, featuring inspired collaborations among the community’s businesses, restaurants, and institutions who are conjuring up events, classes, entertainment, and treats inspired by some of the world’s favorite wizarding novels.  

More than a dozen neighborhood small businesses, as well as the local library, and individuals with amazing abilities are putting the abracadabra into developing the all-ages entertainment, specialty shopping, family dining and feasting, and all-ages activities. Costumed characters, strolling magicians, and spirited sprites will all be part of the fantastical event.      

Here’s an idea of what Beverly/Morgan Park Wizarding Weekend planners have up the sleeves of their wizard’s robes: 

Trivia night #2 will be held Thurs., June 9, 7 p.m. and Cork & Kerry Tavern, (10614 S. Western, with the magical trivia play-off on Fri., July 22.   

Chicago Public Library Beverly Branch, 1962 W. 95th St. will host reading activities based on the books about everybody’s favorite boy wizard and a little hocus pocus in creative crafts for all ages. The Bookies, 10324 S. Western, is also plotting reading adventures.    

Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., presents a Magical Movie Marathon, showing all eight of the Harry Potter films, Thurs., July 21 through Sun., July 24.  Patrons can purchase a pass for all eight films and receive special commemorative swag or buy tickets to individual screenings. The movie schedule and ticket information will be available at thebeverlyartscenter.com. 

The Open Outcry house elves will prepare a delicious menu that’s sure to lure fantastic beasts into the magical world of flavors and potions for the halfway to Christmas Great Hall feast on Thurs., July 21. On Sat., July 22, grown-ups are invited for music and potent beverages at Barney Callaghan’s Pub. Horse Thief Hollow Brewpub will serve up a spellbinding brunch with specialty brews on Sun., July 24. These two special menu sit-down meals will be by reservation and ticketed.  

Festival activities will be offered throughout the community Sat., July 23, 10 a.m. through Sun., July 24. The schedule includes entertaining classes in potion-making, herbology, and divination including magical classes at the Givins Beverly Castle, Quidditch games with the Loyola University Chicago team at Morgan Park Academy, a horcrux scavenger hunt; otherworldly treats and specialties at local businesses,  and all manner of illusions and alchemy throughout the neighborhood.  

Check-in for Wizarding Weekend opens at 10 a.m., Sat., July 23 at Morgan Park Academy, Alumni Hall, 2153 W. 111th St., where people will purchase their admission maps, and be sorted according to their school colors.   

Watch for more exciting details as the ideas appear! Visit bapa.org/wizardingweekend/ or call 773-233-3100 for more information.  

The Wizarding Weekend is co-sponsored by Beverly Area Planning Association, 19th Ward Office, Beverly Arts Center, Morgan Park Academy, Beverly Bank & Trust, Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association and 95th Street Business Association and a host of businesses and institutions.  

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